As things stand, Olivier Giroud is set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the 2019-20 season (whenever it might actually end). While there have been recent rumblings of potential talks over an extension with Chelsea — a massive 180 since January — with so much uncertainty about everything, there’s been understandably no tangible progress.
Giroud wanted to leave in January in search of minutes ahead of Euro 2020. Even though a move failed to materialize, Tammy Abraham’s injury and Michy Batshuayi’s continuing poor form opened the door. And the 33-year-old veteran responded excellently, leading to victories for Chelsea and a shifting of the narrative.
But Giroud may have been emboldened a bit too much, as according to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness), he wants nothing less than a three-year contract from his next club. And at his age, that’s a rather unrealistic demand.
Chelsea of course are only willing to go one year, as per club policy for players over 30. And while both Inter Milan and Lazio reportedly remain interested, neither are willing to go as high as three years. Inter do come close with a two-year deal and an option for a third, but they are nowhere near Giroud’s supposed demands of a €8m annual salary, which would make him comfortably their highest paid player.
Of course, with plenty of options and time to negotiate, there’s no reason not to start with exorbitant demands and then work down to a compromise. Inter apparently remain “confident” that they can reach a workable solution, though we’ve heard that story from them before.